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SIOUX CITY -- The murder trial for a Sioux City teenager charged with fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and a friend has been rescheduled.

District Judge Tod Deck on Thursday rescheduled Tran Walker's trial on two counts of first-degree murder to Feb. 19 in Woodbury County District Court. Walker's trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday.

First Assistant Woodbury County Attorney Mark Campbell and public defender Jennifer Solberg jointly moved to continue the trial during a pretrial conference this week.  No reason was given for the request, but the amount of investigation and preparation needed in advance of a murder trial makes continuations in those types of cases common.

Walker, 19, is accused of stabbing Paiten Sullivan, 17, and Felipe Negron Jr., 18, several times on Jan. 28.

According to court documents, Walker began stabbing Sullivan while they were in a vehicle at Jay Avenue and South Cecelia Street. Police believe Negron, a mutual friend, was driving before he was stabbed while trying to protect Sullivan.

Walker told police he wanted Sullivan "to feel the pain he was feeling" since she had broken up with him, court documents said.

Walker remains in the Woodbury County Jail on a $1 million bond. If found guilty as charged, he would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

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